A Tokyo court rejected on Thursday a lawsuit by Japanese living in Europe who sought to retain their nationality even after taking foreign citizenship, instead of losing it automatically, as happens now. Japan has been negative about dual citizenship, requiring citizens with more than a single nationality to choose one, even though more nations in recent decades have allowed dual citizenship, or turned a blind eye to it. "I had to lose my Japanese citizenship just before I went to study in university in Japan," said one of the plaintiffs, Yuki Shiraishi, who had lived in Switzerland, where her parents had migrated.
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A once makeshift hospital in the Chinese city of Wuhan has been turned into a huge museum. On display is the city's battle, and ultimate triumph, over the coronavirus pandemic. The Parlor Convention Centre is now a centrepiece of China's propaganda push to control the narrative about the virus. The exhibition includes mannequins wearing PPE, photographs of doctors and nurses, and signed medical overalls. There's a whole wall devoted to those who lost their lives on the frontline, including Li Wenliang, the whistleblower doctor who issued an early warning about the outbreak and was reprimanded by authorities. Plenty of space is also dedicated to quotes, photos and videos of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who visited toward the end of the city's lockdown. Museum goers said they were proud of the Wuhan's resilience and cohesiveness: "It is very powerful to see that so many people from all across our country came to support Wuhan. This sort of unity, especially when I was studying abroad, it's hard to see this kind of cohesiveness exist in other countries. This is something very different." "I think the people of Wuhan have been through a lot and they really are amazing. They sacrificed their freedoms during Wuhan's lockdown. They contributed a lot to China's fight against the pandemic. Wuhan is believed to be where the pandemic began. In December 2019, the first cases of COVID-19 were detected there, and a month later the city of 11 million people was locked down in an effort to stem the spread of the disease. A team of scientists from the World Health Organisation arrived in Wuhan last week to start their much anticipated and delayed investigation into the origins of the pandemic. Life has largely gone back to normal in the city, but in China's northeast, it's a different story. Tens of millions of people have been put under a new lockdown as the region battles its worst wave of new infections since March 2020. Worldwide, more than 2 million people have now died from the disease.
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World number one Ash Barty will join Serena Williams, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic in playing a pre-Australian Open exhibition event in Adelaide at the end of the month, organisers confirmed on Thursday. U.S. Open winners Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka and women's No. 2 Simona Halep will be part of the eight-player field, which also includes 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner. The Adelaide event, dubbed "A Day at the Drive", will launch Australia's summer of tennis and take place at the city's Memorial Drive Tennis Centre on Jan. 29.
People in Beijing are grumbling over high prices for pork and vegetables ahead of the Lunar New Year as lockdowns in a neighboring province to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has disrupted deliveries to the Chinese capital. The pressure on food prices is especially sensitive in the run-up to the country's most important holiday - which starts on Feb. 11 - as families gather around the dinner table. Already high because of exceptionally low temperatures since December, vegetable prices in Beijing, a mega-city of 21 million people, have jumped after many cities in Hebei province locked down following a jump in coronavirus infections.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had near total recall to a couple of his famous movie lines as he received his COVID-19 vaccination in Los Angeles on January 20.Never one to miss an opportunity to quip, Schwarzenegger first riffed on his “Put that cookie down” line from Jingle All The Way as he joked, “Put that needle down” to the healthcare worker administering the injection.He then quoted himself from Terminator 2, encouraging others to follow his example and get vaccinated.“Come with me if you want to live!” he said.On Wednesday, he thanked Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, for checking him in at Dodger Stadium, where he received the vaccine. Garcetti was quick to point out that Schwarzenegger had only had his first dose of the vaccine. “He’ll be back – for his second dose,” Garcetti said. Credit: Arnold Schwarzenegger via Storyful
Mass COVID-19 testing of thousands of people in the Swiss resort of St Moritz where luxury hotels were placed under quarantine found 53 coronavirus infections, including 31 cases of a fast-spreading variant, local officials said on Thursday. Authorities said about 3,200 people were tested this week, and that the 31 infections caused by viral variants were discovered among hotel employees, not guests at the two hotels placed under quarantine, Badrutt's Palace Hotel and the Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski. St Moritz said it was lifting emergency measures that had been put in place to protect the community.
A conscript was sentenced to 24-1/2 years in prison by a Russian court on Thursday for killing eight people at a military base in 2019, a crime he said was provoked by bullying, the TASS news agency reported. Ramil Shamsutdinov opened fire on servicemen at the base in the far eastern region of Zabaikalsk on Oct. 25 last year. The case is embarrassing for the military, which has been revamped in recent years at great cost and says it has stamped out the Soviet-era problem of hazing - the bullying of conscripts by older soldiers.
A Catholic priest who was retrieved from the rubble of a Church building in central Madrid that was destroyed by a presumed gas explosion died on Thursday, the Madrid archdiocese said in a statement. Madrid's Emergency Services said all available evidence pointed to the blast in Calle Toledo, a street leading out from the city centre, being caused by a gas leak.
Pluto TV, the free streaming service owned by ViacomCBS Networks International, is set to launch in France on Feb. 8 as it aims to grow its presence further across Europe. The service, which doesn’t require a registration, will boast 40 curated channels for French audiences with a library of content from ViacomCBS brands, as well […]
Bo Horvat scored twice in a three-point game and netted the shootout winner as the Vancouver Canucks claimed their home opener by a 6-5 count over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Braden Holtby made 31 saves for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak with a win that saw them blow four separate leads, then tie the game late before prevailing. Brock Boeser added two goals and an assist for Vancouver, Tyler Motte contributed a goal and J.T. Miller collected three assists.
The koi fish died an honorable (and delicious) death. This article, Turmeric fish could be next on the menu for Malaysian woman who cooked koi, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
World number one Ashleigh Barty will make her first top-level tennis appearance in nearly a year when she joins a star-studded exhibition in Adelaide this month, organisers said on Thursday.
Augsburg [Germany], January 21 (ANI): After securing a win over FC Augsburg, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer said his side does not "dominate the opponents" like they used to.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 38 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Thursday (21 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,235.
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A billionaire Thai opposition figure accused of defaming the country's monarchy has vowed to keep campaigning for reform, despite facing what he dubbed a "politically motivated" lawsuit.
A suicide attacker using an explosive vest killed at least seven people and injured at least 20 in a central Baghdad market, police and medical sources said on Thursday. It was a rare deadly attack in the Iraqi capital, which has seen almost no such bombings since the military defeat of Islamic State in Iraq in 2017. Police sources said the death toll from the attack inside a crowded market in Baghdad's Tayaran square could rise as some wounded people were in a critical condition.